And the Verdict Is… Five British men were convicted yesterday of plotting to blow up targets in England. The verdict also ushered in the news that this group had connections with the London bombers and that British authorities had monitored that group, but never fully investigated them. The accounts in the NYT, WP or LAT.
Unearthing Scandal: What role did a March 2006 order by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, which gave his chief of staff and White House liaison broader hiring authority, have on DOJ? Have DOJ public corruption probes targeted Democrats over Republicans? And what will become of this news: that McNulty told congressional investigators he had “limited involvement” in the decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys and that he provided inaccurate testimony because he had not been properly briefed.
Supreme Judgment: The Supreme Court yesterday "adopted a new flexible standard that will make it easier for patents to be denied or challenged on the grounds that the invention at issue is too obvious to deserve patent protection," according to this Legal Times account. Note the commentary from Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel. Check out the NYT account here.
On the Attack: World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz went on the offensive yesterday when his lawyer Robert Bennett released a carefully crafted statement chiding bank officials for their attacks. The NYT and WP indicate that Wolfowitz's resignition may still be on its way.
Court Therapy: Appearing in court sometimes has its cathartic and even therapeutic value. But New York State has taken this meaning to a new level with a special “therapeutic court” devoted to gamblers’ crimes.
The Madam: Deborah Jeane Palfrey made quite a splash with her press conference on the courthouse steps yesterday. Among the numerous other accounts, here, here, here and here.